This post is an extract from a module I wrote for my MA. The module is entitled 'A netnography of digital interactions and disruptions' and you can download it from this link. Due to the instant communicative possibilities that the internet, social media and mobile technologies now provide to the public, we are connected to other … Continue reading A short netnography of edutwitter
Painting? Thinking? Learning? Playing? All of these?Before I taught in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), I would jest that this learning through play malarkey was just playing. How on earth could a teacher focus in such a noisy and chaotic environment? How could someone actually make sense of what was happening whilst the children … Continue reading The schoolification of EYFS and the demise of play-based learning.
For many years I have been recognised, in the main, as an 'outstanding teacher' by my peers, the LA and Ofsted. I learned from my errors, I listened to advice from those more experienced and I strove to improve my pedagogy through CPD and reading literature. In September 2012 I was recognised as an 'outstanding' … Continue reading The depressed teacher
2017 has been quite a year for Education bloggers. These posts have questioned my beliefs in education, they have informed me and made me think. Best of all, they have caused a ripple in Education in England. A ripple that that demonstrates schools can do things differently whilst achieving fantastic outcomes for their students and … Continue reading Favourite education blogger posts of 2017
My new role as a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education has opened up a world of research that was just out of my reach as a primary teacher due to a severely limited budget and a local library that never stocked such literature. Instead, I used Twitter to keep in contact with those that had … Continue reading Thank you for making me think
Schools usually observe their staff three times a year and a typical observation in a typical school goes along the following lines. The management (SLT) inform the staff when they will be observed. The staff check the dates then plan over the top lessons to show off their teaching skills and a multitude of learning … Continue reading Second guessing the observer
Thankfully we have no need of riot control in Primary Schools but according to some out there, behaviour in the primary classroom is getting out of control. I hear stories of teachers that dread a certain class because they know who is coming up, they despair at the thought of no uniform day because they … Continue reading Enforce your primary school behaviour policy